Volunteering is an incredible experience – making an impact in our communities and in our country, was the call to action by our beloved Nelson Mandela, and in his honour Community Hours has set about giving you 67 opportunities to do just that. On more than “just one day” the spirit of human kindness extends endlessly – now you can offer your “67 minutes for Mandela” during the entire month of July! In our second “Make Everyday a Mandela Day” Feature Edition, we have another set of fabulous experiences for you to consider. Keep an eye on your inbox and be sure you don’t miss any of the 67 opportunities.
Looking for a worthwhile way to give your 67 minutes for Mandela Day this year? Join the Wilds on the 16th of July from 09h00 – 15h00. Bring gardening tools and help The Wild’s team clear dead wood, undergrowth and prune trees. All you need to bring is cutting tools and gloves.
It’s all part of a bigger project to take back The Wilds, a remarkable 40-acre park all planted with indigenous plants and trees. James Delaney will be hanging an installation of 67 metal owls for Mandela Day in a century-old forest. Some other jobs that need doing are planting and repairing the old greenhouses, planting seedlings, painting benches and repairing stone pathways. Let James know what interests you on the day, and he will direct you to an activity that you most enjoy doing.
There will be a mobile coffee station available from 09h00 to 13h00. Parking for the day is next to Roedean on Joe Slovo. Dogs are welcome! No booking necessary, just arrive and have fun. Visit the Facebook page for more information.
Address: Houghton Drive, 2198 Johannesburg, Gauteng
Epworth Children’s Village
The message behind Mandela Day is simple – everyone has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better, this can be done through a commitment to volunteer or to provide service to the community. This Mandela Day Epworth Children’s Village is offering a wide variety of opportunities to choose from.
If you would like to work with the children, here are some ideas:
- Read stories to children
- Bake cookies and take them along and spend some time with the children
- Tutor someone who needs help learning your mother tongue
- Play games/build puzzles during your visit
Support Epworth’s winter clothing drive and donate an item to a child:
Epworth welcomes all donations of old and new items that they need such as pajamas, gowns, slippers and winter clothes such as boots, coats, hats, jerseys, long sleeved shirts, long sleeved vests, pants, scarves, ski pants, sneakers, socks, sweaters, sweatshirts and tracksuits. Blankets and other household appliances are welcome too.
Make a ‘Care Kit’ and donate it
Care Kits include a comb/brush, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, face cloth, roll on, or cream. Make up a ‘Care Kit’ for one or two Epworth children.
Epworth will be grateful for donations of non-perishable food such as tinned food – bake beans; tomato and onion; sweetcorn; tuna; pilchards in tomato sauce; soups; cereals; rice; mealie meal; samp; pasta; spreads for bread. Epworth also welcomes essentials such as toilet paper; cleaning goods; cooking oil; sugar; and tea.
Contact Roberta on +27 11 827 5732 or email email@example.com to find out more, or to confirm what time you will be visiting Epworth on Mandela Day, or on any other Day during Mandela Month.
Address: 47 9th Ave, Lambton, Germiston, 1401
Pack a Sack of previously loved clothing and pop into Kid’s Haven and spend some time with the children that call Kid’s Haven home this Mandela Month. Pack a black dustbin bag with second hand clothing of any kind for all ages including children and adult’s clothing. You can add books, toys and any household items.
Address: 38 Cranbourne Avenue, Benoni
Muscular Dystrophy Foundation
Make Today Count Tandem Skydiving 2017
MDF, together with Adventures Skydive, are hosting a Tandem Skydiving event to raise funds for those affected with muscular dystrophy. The event will take place on the 12th and 13th of August 2017 at the Leeukop Farm Airfield in Deneysville.
Adventure Skydives offers skydiving with a difference – the fast speed at which you rush towards the ground due to the thin air in the Highveld. In the tandem jump, after a quick briefing, you are good to go, attached to an instructor with a special harness for two.
A tandem jump will cost you R3, 500. You will also receive a DVD which contains a video and photos taken of your jump. A portion of your tandem jump cost going towards the MDF.
If you would like to join MFD email Robert Scott on firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Leeukop Farm Airfield, Deneysville.
Woodrock plans to hold a mass sterilization day from the monies raised from Woodrock’s Mandela Day 2017. Together with Councillor Betty Ringane from Atteridgeville Township WARD 107, Woodrock have scheduled the township outreach sterilization day in Attridgeville on Friday 18th August 2017. Their goal is to raise R40 000. This will enable them to sterilize 100 animals. They are appealing to their supporters to donate R67.
Join Woodrock Animal Rescue on the 18th July 2017, to take part in their lock and key project. For R67 volunteers can purchase a padlock from Woodrock, and secure the padlock onto their fence. By doing so volunteers will be locking your heart into animal welfare. Taking the key home with you, this key will be a reminder of the animals locked away without a voice, without a choice, that depend on Man. We can all reflect on the years that Madiba was locked away without a choice without a voice.
Email email@example.com to book yourself a spot.
Address: Plot 51 R511, Pretoria Rural, Hennopsrivier, 0157
Benoni Animal Rescue
BARC is spending their Mandela Day on Wednesday 19th of July 2017 at Outreach Day. Wednesdays are Outreach Days at BARC, volunteers must be 16 or older, and consent is required from parents. Every week BARC does outreach: animals are treated, vaccinated, owners are educated and food is given out to those who cannot afford to feed their animals. None of this would be possible without supporters!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book yourself a spot.
Address: 42 – Fourth Street, Northmead, Benoni, South Africa
Irwin’s Animal Rescue
Join Irwin’s on Mandela Day – TUESDAY 18TH JULY 2017 OR ON 22ND JULY 2017! Irwin’s invites everyone to come and join them at the Centre between 10h00 and 14h00 where volunteers get delicious soup to enjoy and treats to feed to the dogs for only R67.00 per person. Something yummy to eat for the both of you.
Volunteers are more than welcome to walk a dog or two, or simply sit with them with the treats of course. Other donations are always welcome – medium and large dog jerseys and blankets are really needed at this time of year. Please contact us on +27 78 199 5861 or email@example.com to book or for more information. Hope to see you all at Irwin’s!
Address: 59 Aloe Ridge Drive, Walkerville
Join Dlala Nje this Sunday – the 16 July 2017 for your Nelson Mandela Day 67 minute contribution.
Dlala Nje has partnered with SupaPele to organise a fun clean-up of the space in front of Dlala Nje. The plan is to help make Dlala Nje’s spaces more attractive and exciting for the communities that they serve. Volunteers will be working hand-in-hand with the Dlala Nje kids who are also wanting to give back to their community.
There will be cappuccinos on sale for the worker bees – so bring some money along with you if you would like. Volunteers are welcome anytime between 9h00 and 15h00 on Sunday 16th July 2017. Volunteers are just required to bring themselves, but if you can bring shovels, spades and some plants and succulents to plant, that’d be great too!
Address: Dlala Nje – Ponte City – 1 Lily Avenue, Berea, Johannesburg
Spend your 67 minutes this Mandela Day 2017 at Alberton SPCA. Choose from slots of 67 minutes from 08h00 to 17h00. Volunteers will spend their time doing general maintenance and cleaning around the centre as well as spending some quality time with the animals.
Volunteers are required to wear comfortable clothes as well as bring along a snack and drink for themselves. Each slot is limited to 8 volunteers so booking is essential. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book yourself a spot – remember to include which time-slot you prefer.
Address: Lincoln Rd, General Alberts Park, Alberton (near the Lemon Tree Shopping Centre)
The Angel Network is a voluntary organization, run solely via the power of social media. Their goal is to create a gateway for giving. A platform from which helping the helpless will become easily accessible to anyone wanting to do a little more, and give a little more. The Angel Network enables, facilitates and mobilises acts of kindness.
Join The Angel Network in conjunction with Community Active Protection (CAP) this Mandela Day and help FEED THE FUTURE.
How you can help:
- Purchase non-perishables to the value of R67
- Bring non-perishables to Norwood Mall
- Meet The Angel Network at the Norwood Mall Centre Court and pack your hamper
Address: 3 Sarie Marais Rd, Norwood, 2192
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela
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